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Sunday Breakfast Show 05/03/17

Every Sunday, join me, Gareth Williams from 7am through till 10am for an early morning look at the news, entertainment and sport.  They’ll be songs from the first hour to sooth tired bodies and minds, but by 10am I want you dancing around your kitchens!

*Public health warning - show may be sluggish until I've finished my second coffee 
if I've been out on the Saturday night (I didn't know 7am on a Sunday existed until 
the start of 2017)


Every week we play out a “Sunday Song” – a song featuring the word Sunday anywhere in it (lyrics or title) or performed by a band such as the Sunday’s.  To suggest a song for the list, tweet me at

This week’s Sunday song was Sunday Morning Call by Oasis


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Sunday Breakfast Show

Previous Sunday Songs –


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday Sunday by Blur


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday Girl by Blondie


This week’s Sunday Song – Church on Sunday by Green Day


This week’s Sunday Song – Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday 29th by Bent


This week’s Sunday Song, chosen on Twitter by @LauraPayne9 is Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning by Bon Jovi


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday by Bloc Party


The first ever Sunday Song – Easy by The Commodores

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Sunday Breakfast May 29th 2016

Bank Holiday weekend and Sunday started a little overcast… the music we played on breakfast was like this..

Major Lazer – Lean On (feat. M� & DJ Snake)

Cyndi Lauper – Funnel of Love

Turin Brakes – Fishing For A Dream

The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

Albert Hammond – Moonlight Lady


On This Day

The hits from this day with year and chart placing…

Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For… No 2 1974

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer No 4 1986

Pulp – Common People New No 2 1995

Naughty Boy – La La La (feat. Sam Smith) New No 1 2013


Francoise Hardy – Comment Te Dire Adieu

DJ Snake – Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

Paolo Nutini – Someone Like You

Poli Genova – If Love Was a Crime (Eurovision 2016)


Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

Dolly Parton – Potential New Boyfriend

ABC – Viva Love

R.E.M. – Driver 8

The Walkmen – While I Shovel the Snow

The Vamps – Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)


UK Top 40

Sigma – Cry (feat. Take That) Highest New Entry No 21

Justin Timberlake – CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No 2

Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla) No 1


Amos Milburn – French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup

Blink 182 – Bored To Death

Grace – You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)

Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U


The Golden Year

Maroon 5 – This Love

The Calling – Our Lives

The Rasmus – In The Shadows

Cassidy – Hotel (feat. R. Kelly)

Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body


Was 2003….


Mari Wilson –  I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

Chris Howland – Japanisches Abschiedslied

Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime

Blondie – Maria

Little Mix – Hair (feat. Sean Paul)

Corrs – Radio

Chris Rea – Fool if you think its over

And you can listen again here…

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Sunday Breakfast April 24th 2016

Playlist for April 24 Sunday Breakfast as follows…a four hour show today!

Robbie Williams – Candy

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure


Eurovision…with the news that Romania have been banned so you won’t be hearing this

Ovidiu Anton – Moment of Silence (Eurovision 2016 – Romania)

Ira Losco – Walk on Water (Eurovision 2016 – Malta)

Poli Genova – If Love Was a Crime (Eurovision 2016 – Bulgaria)


On this day…

Spandau Ballet – True (Nr 1 1983)

Madonna (Feat Justin Timberlake)- 4 Minutes (Nr 1 2008)

Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Radio Edit) (New at Nr 3 2013)


Sam Smith – Writing’s on the Wall

Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)

Relish – You I’m Thinking Of


ELO – The Diary Of Horace Wimp

Adele – Chasing Pavements

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna

The Locomotives – Rudi’s In Love

The Primitives – Petals


UK top 10 highlights this week

Desligner – Panda….Highest new entry

Sia – Cheap Thrills (feat. Sean Paul) ….Number 2

Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)…..Number 1


Pete Seeger – Little Boxes

Bread – The Guitar Man

James Bay – Best Fake Smile

Bruce Hornsby – That’s Just The Way It Is


Just after 9 the Golden Year was…


The Boomtown Rats – She’s So Modern

Chic – Everybody Dance

Raydio – Jack And Jill

Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away

The Michael Zager Band – Lets All Chant

CoCo – Bad Old Days

The Bee Gees – Night Fever




The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Years and Years – Desire

The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday

The Breakers – Long Way Home

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

Cyndi Lauper – Funnel of Love

Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet


Hour four with some of the artists who have passed away to date in 2016….

Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend

Sheila E – The Belle of St. Mark

Ronie Corbett & Bob Monkhouse – Dear Old Syracuse

Victoria Wood – It Would Never Have Worked (Live)

Alicia Keys – How Come You Don’t Call Me

Glenn Frey – The One You Love

The Bangles – Manic Monday

The Barry Gray Orchestra – Thunderbirds

David Bowie – Life on Mars

David Bowie – Lazarus

Prince – Little Red Corvette

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U


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Here Comes Christmas!

Sunday Breakfast 30th November 2014
This was the playlist.
This weeks competition was Black – Wonderful Life, Katy Perry – Last Friday Night and Rebecca Black – Friday getting you to Black Friday where in the US and apparently now in the UK people spend most of their Christmas Money? Anyway the rest was

Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne – Real Love
Caro Emerald – Riviera Life
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite

Top Ten Best Selling Xmas Hits of All Time began today with these
The Pogues & Kirsty McCall – Fairytale of New York ( Nr 15)
Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born (Nr 10)
Every Sunday until December 28th we will countdown the Everyhit top 10 to Number 1

On This Day
Chicago – If You Leave Me Now (Number 1 1974)
Killers – Human (New Nr 3 2008)

Sebastian Sinbad – Emily
Pixie Lott – Caravan Of Love
Belle Stars – Sign Of The Times
The Carpenters – Those Good Old Dreams
Script – No Good In Goodbye
Foster the People – Waste
Englebert Humperdinck – I’m a Better Man (For Having Loved You)

UK Top 10
Only Murs – Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) (Nr 3)
Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas_ (2014) (Nr 1)

Beggin – Timebox
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Pacifier
The Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song s
Those Nervous Animals – The Business Enterprise (My Friend John)

And then the Golden Year ran for a whole hour mainly because I couldn’t make up my mind what to play

Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Renee & Renato – Save Your Love
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Duran Duran – Rio
Modern Romance – Best Years Of Our Lives
Paul McCartney &  michael jackson – The Girl Is Mine
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of you )
The Pretenders – Back On The Chain Gang
Dionne Warwick -Heartbreaker
Mike Post – Theme from _Hill Street Blues

And the year was 1982.I’m back December 7th for Breakfast with all the usual stuff!

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The Last Rose Of Summer

August 31 The Last Rose Of Summer

So this week the competition featured clips from Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Ray , Cake to bake from the 2014 Eurovision by Aarzemnieke and Eileen Barton If I knew you were comin’ getting you toBake Off Gate and an Alaska in the Bin!!! . The Rest is here

Blondie – Hanging on the telephone
Mamas Guns – Red Cassette (Radio Edit)
Moonlight Feels Right

Dollys Legacy – The End

Dolly Parton – Lay Your Hands on Me

On This Day
Brian Hyland – Sealed With A Kiss  ( 1962 Nr 8 )
Wretch 32-Don’t Go (Radio Edit) ( New at Nr 1 2011)

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Maria Mc Govern – The Continental
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart

Foreigner – Urgent
The Blowmonkeys – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
The Script – Superheroes
Aarzemnieke – Cake To Bake (Eurovision 2014 –
Trockener Kecks – Met Hart en Ziel

Top 40
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
David Guetta – Lovers on the Sun ( Number 1 and NEW!!)
Billy Joel – My Life
Olly Murs – Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks)
Jess Glynne – Right Here

The Golden Year
Apollo Forty Four – Stop The Rock
Mercury Rev – Goddess On A Highway
Hepburn – Bugs
Texas – Summer Son
Louie Bega – Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of… )
Macklemore & Lewis – Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)
Beatles – Things We Said Today
Maroon 5 – Maps
Mary Hopkins – If You Love Me (I Won’t Care)
London Grammar – Hey Now
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer


So the Competition answer was Bin Gate on Bake Off and the Golden Year was……….1999, so see you tomorrow for Breakfast!


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Bank Holiday , Brilliant Weather ….Not!

August 24th 2014

Bank Holiday , Brilliant Weather ….Not!

Todays competition featured bits of The Dutchman by Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac so what was the link? … See Below! So with On this day the Golden Year and all the rest here’s the playlist

The Script – Superheroes
The Feeling – Without You
The Velvets – That Lucky Old Sun

The Dolly Parton Legacy

Since she appeared at Glastonbury we have , every week, played a bit of Country Music. Todays offering was
Glenn Campbell – Dreams of the everyday Housewife

On This Day

Stuff that happened today in the past included

1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)

1995 – Windows 95 debuts
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping  (New at 2 1997)
2 of a kind – Babycakes (Radio Edit)  ( New at 1 2004)

1975 – Girls
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Cat Stevens – Another Saturday Night
Nabs Tino – Forgive Me (For Giving You Such A Bad Time)
Tom Jones – If He Should Ever Leave You
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man

Earth, Wind and Fire – September
Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave
Connie Stevens – Mr. Songwriter
Rooney – When Did Your Heart Go Missing

Top 40
One Republic – Love Runs Out
Magic! – Rude
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong ( This Was Number 1)

Flo Rida – Sugar
Patience & Prudence – Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now

Junior Senior – Move Your Feet

The Golden Year

Stuff that happened in this year was

5 January – Actor Rowan Atkinson launches the new Comic Relief charity appeal.

5 July – The Church of England announces that it will allow the ordination of women priests from 1992.

Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition

The Beatles – Good Night
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U
Something Happens – Parachute
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

So The answer to the competition was Max Verstappen will drive for Toro Rosso next season and by the way the Golden Year was 1988.

See You Soon




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Midsummer Nights Dream

So today the competition clips were Alice Cooper – Schools Out, The Godfathers – Birth, School, Work ,Death ,Hall & Oates – Adult Education getting you to various A level stories in the news this week both local and national. I went for the BBC story ‘ A-Level Grades edge down  , as University places rise’ , but also mentioned local success as reported in the Brentwood Gazette. The rest of the playlist was like this
Jan & Dean Heart And Soul
Bertie Higgins – Key Largo
Pixie Lott – Mama Do
Dolly Parton Legacy
Billie Jo Spears – What I’ve Got In Mind

On This Day
The Stylistics – Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) – Number 1 today 1975
PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – Highest new entry Number 5 today 1991

Kodaline – Brand New Day
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man
Janice Ian – At Seventeen
Bob Luman – Lets Think About Living
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
One More Day (Stay with Me)

Sheila B Devotion – Spacer
The Frank & Walters – Indie Love Song
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honeybunch)
Konkan – I Beg Your Pardon

The Top 10 UK Singles
One Republic – Love Runs Out
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong – New Number 1!

The Sultans of Ping F.C. – You Talk Too Much
Peter Jay & The Blue Men – Just Too Late
5 Seconds Of Summer – Don’t Stop
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions – Perfect Skin
The Golden Year
Example – Kickstarts (Radio Edit)
Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta)
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up
Ne Yo – Beautiful Monster

The Killers – Runaways
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Tennis – Petition
Nada Surf – Jules and Jim
The Housemartins – I Smell Winter
And so the Golden Year was 2010 and I’m back tomorrow for Breakfast whether that’s Quorn Bacon and Sausages or a Full English I’ll be there from 7am. Don’t Miss It!!

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August 3rd, Thunderbolts of Lightning!

Sunday August 3rd 2014

So weatherwise okay, traffic wise booooring we put together a competition (which I couldn’t remember at 8.20!) featuring an excerpt from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen…….’Thunderbolt of lightning very,very fri…..Then Stephen Bishop…..’Down in Jamaica……’ from On and On and finally….the Three Degrees and ..’The runner…’ getting you to Usain Bolts comments on the Commonwealth Games this week….a little bit ssss..was it the games , the weather or something else,anyway the rest was…

Barry Manilow – Let’s Hang On
Shift Key – Touch (Radio Edit)
Killers – Human

The Dolly Parton Legacy (Since Glastonbury) 
Ray Stevens – Misty

On This Day
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go  (1996 New )
The Spice Girls – Wannabe (Radio Edit)   (1996 Nr 1)

The Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Moby – Hymn
Michael Buble – Cry Me a River
One Direction – Kiss You
White Stripes – Hotel Yorba

Huey Lewis and the News – Do You Believe In Love
Frances Nero – Footsteps Following Me
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
Gary Benson – Don’t Throw It All Away

Top 40
Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart
Magic! – Rude
Cheryl – Crazy Stupid Love (feat. Tinie Tempah) (Nr 1)

Arrow – Hot Hot Hot
Jean Jacques Smoothie – 2 People
The Vamps – Can We Dance

The Golden Year
It  Bites – Calling All The Heroes
Lulu – Shout
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The
The Smiths – Panic
Sinatra – So Macho
Heywood – Roses

The Carvells – The L.A. Run
The Beatles – Dear Prudence
Paul Carrack – One In A Million
Marmalade – Falling Apart At the Seams
Eden Kane – Forget Me Not
Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’

The Golden Year was….1986. We will do it all again tomorrow from 7 at and on fm to Brentwood and Billericay etc.,. To get involved you can e-mail  also facebook and @phoenixfm or @yenolom which you will see is my surname spelt backwards!!

See you soon

James Moloney

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A Hoy There 27th July.

Sunday 27th July 2014

So this week past at the Commonwealth Games Chris Hoy ahem…Sir Chris Hoy was asked for ID to enter his dedicated arena at Edinburgh….We put together ….Richard Hawley, ‘Open Up Your Door’,The Who, ‘Who are you’ and The Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘Luna’ to represent this, we did the golden year and all the other stuff as here…

The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
Robbie Williams – Morning Sun

Dolly Parton Legacy ( Remember Glastonbury)
Jim Croce – Operator (That’s Not The Way It Is)

On This Day

The Cure – Inbetween Days  (1985)

Madonna – Into The Groove   (1985)


Gabriella Cilmi – On A Mission
Conchita Wurtz – Rise Like a Phoenix (Eurovision
Georgie Fame – Sunny
Kodaline – Brand New Day
The Vaccinnes – Norgaard
Can’t Get Along (Without You)
Such a Good Feeling (Radio Mix)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
The Beachboys – Good Vibrations
William – Heartbreaker (Remix)
Kirsty Bertarelli – There She Goes

Top 40
Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart  (Nr 1)

We Are The People (Radio Edit)
The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
Mila Falls – I’m A Control Freak

The Golden Year
The Gibson Brothers – Ooh What a Life
Rickie Lee Jones –  Chuck E’s In Love
The Pretenders –  Kid
The Korgis – If I Had YouThe Boomtown

Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Edit)

Owl City – Fireflies (UK Radio Edit)
The Beatles –  When I’m Sixty-Four
Halo James – Could Have Told You So
The Seekers –  Georgy Girl
Jess Glynne – Right Here
Boyzone – When The Going Gets Tough

The Golden Year was 1979 and that was it….til the next time!

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Sunday Breakfast 20th July

I, Xanthe, sat in for James on the Sunday Breakfast show, and talked about eyebrows!

The latest trend in makeup artistry is big, full brows, as sported by the recently popular model Cara Delevingne. Brows are unique to each person, and it takes a bit of playing around to find the right shape, but the main points you want to focus on finding the right style for are the beginning of the brows, which should be lightly defined (not boxy) and start in line with the side of the tip of your nose, not the nostril contrary to popular belief. This is key to the ‘full brow’ look. Secondly you will want to establish the height of the arch of your brow- the part where you want the tail of the brow to begin curving down. Cara Delevigne’s brows have a very straight arch with minimal curve on the tail of her brow.

Things you learn!!

Sunday 20JULY

I also advised how you could join the community of over 700 future astronauts! All you need is US$250k (which is full payment up front!) which entitles you to trips such as travelling to see the spaceships being built in California and to Spaceport America in New Mexico to see test flights of the spaceship and carrier craft.

Once you confirm your reservation you will be given a full list and invitations to the upcoming milestones, events and holidays. So hunt down the back of the sofa for that missing £146,000 and go to! Brilliant!

Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
Feeling – Love It When You Call
George Ezra – Budapest
Stereophonics – Handbags and Gladrags
Plain White Ts – Hey There Delilah
Paulo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants
Take That – Shine
Nina Nesbitt – Way In the World
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Moulding Of A Fool
James Blunt – Postcards
Crowded House – Weather With You
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Will Young – Your Game
Olly Murs – Army Of Two
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of love
Jack Penate – Second, Minute or Hour
Jam – Going Undergound
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body

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The one with the Tour De France

Sunday June 29th
At the risk of stating the obvious this was the last Sunday of June.Three songs got us to the story in the news that the Tour de France was coming to the UK , Leeds and London to be precise, next week.The songs were Les bicyclettes de belsize by Englebert Humperdinck,London Bridge by Black Eyed Peas and Bicycle Race by Queen. Sunday Breakfast also featured On this day, Uk top 10 highlights and the Golden Year more of which below

Tiesto – Wasted (feat. Matthew Koma)
Andrew Gold – Thank You For Being A Friend
Lesley Gore – Look of Love
Elvis – Fever [Essential Elvis version]

On This Day
The Beatles – From Me To You ( 1963 )
The Police – Every Breath You Take  ( 1983 )

Shift K3Y – Touch (Radio Edit)
Foster the people – Pumped Up Kicks [Radio Edit]
Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
Windsor Davies and Don Estelle – Whispering Grass
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Moulding Of A Fool
Tony Christie – Avenues And Alleyways

ELO – Mr. Blue Sky
Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
Morcombe and Wise – Bring Me Sunshine
Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart
The Vamps – Wild Heart

UK Top 40 w/c 22nd June 2014
George Ezra – Budapest
5 Seconds of Summer – Don’t Stop ( New Nr 2 )
Ella Henderson – Ghost.       ( Nr 1 )

The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme – I Just Want To Stay Here And Love
Katie B – Lights On (feat. Ms Dynamite)

The Golden Year
Muse – Map of the Problematique
Paramore – Misery Business
The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
Rhianna – Umbrella

Donna Summer – On the Radio
The Beatles – Penny Lane
Only Murs – Thinking of Me
Calvin Harris – Summer
The Applejacks – Tell Me When
Corrs – Runaway

The Golden Year was 2008, oh and by the way the reason for playing 9 to 5 was it was D day today, or Dolly Parton day at Glastonbury where she played Sunday afternoon. That’s it, A Bientot!

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Win,Lose or Draw Sunday Breakfast is always here

Sunday June 15th 2014
Today the Sunday Breakfast Competition featured three songs….. The Toy Dolls – Nelly the Elephant, Meco – Star Wars Theme, Disney – Every Girl Can Be a Princess
……this goot us to a row, resolved in the week, with Disney over the fact that whilst Star Wars male dolls are available , Princess Leia isn’t. Now resolved the
new toys are coming soon ….apparently. We also featured Phoenix fm’s world cup competition  Win,Lose or Draw….  in association with Papa Johns Pizza and The Brentwood Brewing Company.  But hey the rest of the playlist was like this…

Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend
New Order – World In Motion
Leona Lewis – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Elvis – Pocketful Of Rainbows

On this day
Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki (US Number 1 – 1963)
Smokey Robinson – Being With You ( UK Number 1 – 1981)

The Wanted – All Time Low
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Englebert Humperdinck – Quando Quando Quando
Nicola Paone – Blah, Blah, Blah
Rooney – When Did Your Heart Go Missing_
Sam Smith – Safe With Me

Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
The Frank and Walters – Indie Love Song
Madness – The Return Of The Las Palmas 7
Mika – Relax
Chrissie Hynde – You Or No One

UK Top 40
Neon Brotherhood – Hope Aint a Bad Thing
Ed Sheeran – Sing ( New at Number 1)

Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Count on me – Chase And Status Featuring Moko

Golden Year
Maroon 5 – If I Never See Your Face Again
The Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
Sarah Barreilles – Love Song
Ne-Yo – Closer (Album Version)
Alphabeat – Fascination [Radio Edit]
Mint Royale – Singin’ In The Rain ( Number 1 this week in our Golden Year)

Sham ’69 – Hurry Up England – The People’s Anthem
Orson – Ain’t No Party (Radio Edit)
Katy Perry – Birthday
The Beatles – Blackbird
Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart
The Turtles – Elenore
Fox the Fox – Precious Little Diamond

So the Golden Year was 2008 and I’m back Sunday 22nd for more Sunday breakfast.
See you then!

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World Cup Is Coming…..!

Sunday June 8th 2014
The sun shone.The competition clues were excerpts from Agnetha Feltskog’s Colouring Book
(original by Barbara Streisand , I think), Carla Bruni Quelq’un m’adit and Donovan , Colours getting you to a story about French,
women (mainly) who have taken up colouring to relieve stress and the fact that Colouring Books are being marketed as stress relief!(In France)

The rest of the playlist was

Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart
Gary Benson – Don’t Throw It All Away
Shift K3y – Touch (Radio Edit)
Elvis – Wooden Heart

On This Day

The Pearls – Guilty (1974 Today New at 29)

Iyaz – Solo  (2010 New today at NR 3)

Ell &Nikki – Running Scared (Eurovision 2011)
Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good
Propaganda – Duel
Benny Hill – Transistor Radio
Matt Monro – My Kind Of Girl
Sheila B Devotion – Spacer

Pseudo Echo – Funky Town

Chumbawumba – Top Of The World (Olé, Olé, Olé) – For the coming World Cup!!

Eden Kane – Forget Me Not
Enrique Iglesias feat Flo Rida – There Goes My Baby
Mary Wells – My Guy
Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law
The Vamps – Can We Dance

UK Top 40 this week

Klingande – Jubel
Secondcity – I Wanna Feel (Radio Edit)

Dido – Hunter
Dante & The Evergreens – Time Machine
Haim – Forever

The Golden Year

The Lightning Seeds – Sense
Cyndi Lauper – The World Is Stone
Annie Lennox – Precious
Utah Saints – Something Good
KWS – Please Don’t Go (77 Sunshine Ed)

Harmony Grass – Move In A Little Closer
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
Beatles – Drive My Car
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Pharrell Williams – Happy (from _Despicable Me 2_)
The Belle Stars – The Clapping Song
Editors – The Racing Rats

So the Golden Year was 1992, the news stories were great and Mike Porter was standing in for Andrew,
See you tomorrow.



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It’s June Already!

Anyone for eggs benedict?
Sunday Breakfast June 1st 2014

So June dawned with a new resolution…..must do my show page. The Competition Clues today
were Weird Al Yankovich – Eat it, Zoom – Fat Larrys Band, Roy Young  – Big Fat Mama, Joe Tex – Ain’t Gonna Bump No More
with no big fat woman…..getting you to a Daily Mail story about Obesity in the UK!
I also have a new promo, a picture and On this Day, Top 40 and the rest …. then the Golden Year (see tunes below)
Otherwise todays playlist was this

Style Council – Shout To The Top
Friendly Fires – Paris (Ambient Version)
Don McClean – Castles In The Air
Elvis – In The Ghetto
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Paul McCartney & Wings – Live And Let Die
Plain White T’s – 1, 2, 3, 4
Katy Perry – Birthday
Trockener Kicks – Met Hart en Ziel
Michael Buble – I Haven’t Met You Yet
Shift K3Y – Touch (Radio Edit)
Glenn Frey – The One You Love

Phil Fearon & Galaxy – What Do I Do
Leona Lewis – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Vampire Weekend – Have I the Right (iTunes Session)
Rixton – Me and my broken heart
Black Eyed Peas – Mas Que Nada (feat. Black Eyed Peas)

UK Top 40
Fuse ODG – Dangerous Love (feat. Sean Paul)
Clean Bandit – Extraordinary (feat. Sharna Bass)
Sam Smith – Stay With Me ( Number 1 this week)

Franz Ferdinand – Darts Of Pleasure
Echo and the Bunnymen – Lovers On The Run

The Golden Year

Kool & The Gang – Cherish
Propoganda – Duel
Mai Tai – History
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – Icing On The Cake 1
Scritti Politti – The Word Girl (Flesh and Blood)

Peter Sarsted – Frozen Orange Juice
Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Radio Edit)
Right Said Fred – Don’t Talk Just Kiss
Freddie White – Buttermilk Sky
Englebert Humperdinck – Quando Quando Quando
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
Mark Ronson – Just

So the Golden Year Was……..1985
And see you next week/tomorrow for more Sunday Breakfast
Not Rashers perhaps Vegetarian!!!

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Babies,Beards and Boney M

Sunday May 11th 2014
And so we woke up to the news that Austria had won the eurovision with Conchita Wurst, a lady with a beard.On Sunday breakfast therefore we played the top three Sweden,The Netherlands, and of course Austria.On this day featured Paul Hardcastle number 1 on 11th May in 1986.All of this in the first hour as well as our competition! This took Paul Anka – You,re having my baby, Twins – Philip Bailey and Little Richard and The Brat – Chalk Dust to refer to the news story in the week of the birth of Roger Federer’s second set of twins.The second hour had this answer and the top two from this weeks UK top 40.We also did sport and local news in the second hour and some random rock n’ roll? from Shorty Long.After 9 was the Golden Year see the clues and answer below…and we had the Beatles too.
The song I played were these

The Killers – Human
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
Elvis – Return to Sender
Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day

Paul Hardcastle – 19 (Nr 1 1986)

Sanna Nielsen – Undo (Eurovision 2014 – Sweden)
The Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm
Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Morecambe and Wise – We’re The Guys (Who Drive Your
Shift K3Y – Touch (Radio Edit)
Bondax – Giving It All

The Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Kool and the Gang – Get Down On It
UB40 – Red Red Wine (Single Edit)
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Runaway Daydreamer
Young Soul Rebels – I Got Soul

Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)
Calvin Harris – Summer (No 1)

Shorty Long – Here Comes The Judge
Frank Sinatra – I Get A Kick Out Of You
Vaccines – Teenage Icon

Tom Robinson Band – Up Against The Wall
Izhar Cohen and the Alpha Beta – A Ba Ni Bi
Yvonn Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
Blondie – (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
Darts – The Boy From New York City
Bonet M – Rivers Of Babylon

The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
Peggy Lee – ‘Til There Was You
The Beatles – Girl
Imelda May – It’s Good To Be Alive
Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
Leslie Gore – Maybe I Know
Stereophonics – Pass The Buck

So the Golden Year answer was 1978 yes it was that long ago, so for the Best Sunday Breakfast in Brentwod and Billericay join me May 18th for much more stuff! And if you want to get involved e-mail or check out twitter and facebook and twitter

See you soon!

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Sunday Breakfast Catch Up for April so far

Sunday April 6th


The competition centred around three bits of music ranging from ‘Underneath the Mango Tree’ from Dr. No. through some 70’s ‘Sand Between our Toes’ to ‘The Air that I Breathe’. This got you to the news stories about the air quality over the UK this week including atmospheric sand from the Sahara. The past week also saw the death of Frankie Knuckles and the 20th birthday of Britpop, so I played some Blur. The rest of the Playlist was like this


Whitney Houston –  Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles Mix)

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Paul Thomas Saunders – A Lunar Veteran’s Guide to Re-Ent


On This Day

The Bay City Rollers – Bye Bye Baby  No 1 1975 today

Estelle – American Boy (feat. Kanye West) No 1 2008 today


Mari Wilson – Just What I Always Wanted

Foster the people – Life On the Nickel

Owl City – Fireflies


Elvis Presley – In My Way (From _Wild In the Country)


David Castle – Ten To Eight

Take That – What Do You Want From Me


Blur – Charmless Man

Lily Allen – Smile (Radio Edit)

Danny Kaye – Little white duck

Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home

Glenn Medeiros – She Ain’t Worth It (feat. Bobby Brown)


From this weeks Uk Official Top 40

Christina Perri Human

Faul & Wad Ad & Pnau  Changes (Radio Mix)

5 Seconds of Summer  She Looks So Perfect  Number 1


The Del Vikings – Come Go With Me

Ronan Keating – Life Is A Rollercoaster

The Pierces – Believe In Me


Then the Golden Year brought these gems

Ten City – Devotion (Edit)

T’Pau – Only the Lonely

Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon

Holly Johnson – Americanos


Young Rebel Set – Tuned Transmission

Lookalikes – Can I Take You Home Tonight

Iglu & Hartly – In This City

The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night

Caro Emerald – One Day

Lindisfarne – Run For Home


And then it was time for Andrew, oh and by the way the Golden Year was 1989



A week later it was


April 13th


This weeks competition had the Teletubbies, Top Gear and Doctor Who themes, or bits of them getting you to a story in the news on which BBC programmes may be considered suitable for watching in North Korea by the regime there. Apparently watching non approved programmes is a shooting offence! Bearing that in mind our approved playlist for this week was


Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done to Deserve This 1

Christina Perri – Human

Aswad – Don’t Turn Around


On This Day

Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy New Entry 1977

Dusty Springfield -You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me 1965

OMD – Locomotion New Entry 1984


Elvis – The Wonder Of You

Sara Bareilles – Brave

Peter Sellars – I Haven’t Told Her, She Hasn’t Told Me

Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U 1

5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (feat Kimbra)


The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco

Sister Sledge – All American Girls

The Newbeats – Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Runaway Daydreamer

China Crisis – Black Man Ray


From the Official UK Top 40

John Martin – Anywhere For You

Route 94 – My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)

Aloe Blacc – The Man  Number 1


Stevie Wonder – A Place in the Sun 1

Olly Murs – Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Rizzle 1

Noisettes – Never Forget You


The Golden Year

Blazin Squad – Crossroads

George Harrison – My Sweet Lord

Stereophonics –  Handbags And Gladrags

Blue – One Love

Enrique Iglesias –  Hero


The Dooleys – Honey I’m Lost 1

The Wanted – All Time Low

The Beatles – With A Little Help From My Friend 1

Beach Boys –  Wouldn’t It Be Nice 1

Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last

The Diamonds – Little Darlin 1

Ironik – Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)


And so the Golden Year was 2002 and that was it ’til next time.

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Sunday Breakfast is back

So for the last few weeks I have been back on Phoenix, right back where I started from , Sunday Breakfast 7- 10 Sundays. So now I’m catching up with the writing!

On the all new Sunday breakfast, we have some great music and features. On this day, Golden Year, Front Page, Top 40 Look Up and our usual phoenixfm excellent stuff but there’s a competition as well. No prizes , but send your thoughts to

The playlist for March 9th was this:

Wings – Listen To What The Man Said
Tom Jones – If He Should Ever Leave You
Robbie Williams – The Road To Mandalay

On This Day
Take That – Shine Nr 1 2007

Little Mix – Word Up!
Akon – Lonely
Ben Watt – Some Things Don’t Matter
Madness – My Girl
Nelly – Dilemma
The Corrs – Summer Wine

The Mystery Jets – Half In Love with Elizabeth 2
Odyssey – Native New Yorker 1
James Blunt – Bonfire Heart
Lesley Gore – Heartaches At Sweet Sixteen
Little Jackie – The World Should Revolve Around 1
The Dooleys – Love Of My Life

Top 40 tracks
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
Pharrel Williams – Happy (from _Despicable Me 2_)

The Fray – Mahna Mahna 1
David Cassidy and the Partridge Family – I Think I Love You
Scouting for girls – Elvis Ain’t Dead [Radio Edit] 1

The Golden Year
Hipsway – The Honeythief
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel 1
Huey Lewis & the News – Do You Believe In Love 1
Frank Sinatra – Theme from New York, New York 1
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 1
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction

And it was 1986.

Bastille – Bad Blood
Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Radio Edit)
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme I Just Want To Stay Here And Love you
Red Dragon – Compliments On Your Kiss
Our competition takes three bits of music to represent a story in the weeks news, can you guess it? join in this Sunday from 7-10 am.

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A Mother of a show

Well we are now in September and the rain on the way in to the show told me clearly. Still twas a nice summer whilst it lasted, luckily the great music seems to still keep a coming, especially with Mother, the brand new single from Shiny Darkness, which leads the way to the new Album, which will be launched in December. We also had new from Nouvelle Electro, who are fast working on their album and Vile Electrodes are about to launch their debut album on September ‘Friday the 13th’..spooky..

To hear again please click and follow me on my Mixcloud link below;

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Summer 2012 at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Phoenix FM’s Ed Wellman explores Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

I wonder how long you have lived or worked in Brentwood? For me, it is close on 14 years now, yet until a couple of years ago I had never discovered the gem that lies at the end of Sawyers Hall Lane, spanning a site across the fields to the A12 southbound. Here you will find a special world. 260 happy and contented rescued animals and a dedicated staff that look after them and welcome you. There is something for everyone here.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary was established by Ernie and Paula Hall 26 years ago now. It provides a much needed home for animals that for one reason or another have no where else to go. As well as being a top visitor attraction in Essex, the Sanctuary also provides the opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in learning how to care for animals. From the biggest to the smallest and youngest to oldest, you can get up close with all the furry friends here.

I spent a wonderful afternoon here for Phoenix FM this week; I met Liane Algiss, the Deputy Manager and her team of staff. Take a read and a listen now to find out all about Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, and make sure you pay them a visit this summer.

Liane introduced me to Hopefield:


We went into the stable buildings and met a pig called Derek who was rescued from the A127 last week, and some runner ducks.


Here is Derek the pig – he wasn’t very good at standing still.

There are lots of ways to get involved and some special weekly events this summer:


Volunteers Louie Wicks and Julie Lardner introduced me to some of the smaller animals.


Richard Wood and Loie Lardner told me they love helping out too:


A big thank you to the staff and animals for making me so welcome. This is one of Brentwood’s gems. Do find time to visit Hopefield Animal Sanctuary this summer. Open everyday 1 – 5pm. And, a special date is Sunday 19th August – the Hopefield Open Day, which also includes a Birds of Prey Display Team.

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Brentwood County High School Musicians on Weekend Breakfast

Singing live on the programme on Sunday 8th July were 6th formers from Brentwood County High School – Rosie Bloom, Sarah Brialey and Amy Wenham. This renowned local trio perfomed live on the Breakfast Show with their self arranged ‘mix-up’ of 3 popular songs.

Hear Rosie, Sarah and Amy perform live on Ed’s Breakfast Show by clicking here:

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Armed Forces Day Midsummer Extravaganza in Rayleigh

Evening to one and all,

Was a great pleasure to talk to Dan Rodgers this morning on the Weekend Breakfast Show about the Armed Forces Midsummer Extravaganza in Rayleigh on Saturday 30 June 12pm – 4pm. As Dan explained the event is in support of a charity called Scotty’s Little Soldiers that aims to support the families and particularly children of our lost heroes. The event for all the family is at the Travellers Joy, Downhall Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9JF. Don’t miss the opportunity to see lots of crafts and stallholders and take part in a jump with the Worlds Tallest mobile Bungee crane! You can find out more by searching for the event on Facebook.

Click below to listen to Dan chatting to Ed:

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June is so jubilant

We love the extra bank holiday and Jubilee celebrations.. well I did, and could had got used to it. Still nice to get back I suppose into the swing of things. With the usual show features and great music. This week had the pleasure of Sir Tom Jones reaching his 72nd birthday, so to wish him well, we played two from Tom – ‘Its not unusual’ and his funny pairing with Mouse T ‘Sexbomb – Happy 72th !!

Sir Tom Jones - 'Happy Birthday'

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 10th June 2012 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Lee Simpson.

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man in the World – 13th June 2012 • Soho Theatre

You might recognise him from shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “Mock the Week”, but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best — taking centre stage at a small table with a single microphone.

Bill Bailey — ‘Qualmpeddler’ – 14/16th June 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

Bill Bailey’s new show “Qualmpeddler” is all about his ‘qualms’. Bill has many qualms, chiefly about the modern world, nuclear power, dentists, rare planetary alignments, the spice girls and the Mayan End of Days prophecy.

My music pick for this week;

Mon 11 Jun

The Gaslight Anthem – Koko, London

Soulful rock band from New Jersey who write jagged emotive lyrics

Sun 17 Jun

Ash – The Garage, Highbury

Punky melodic rockers from Northern Ireland who are famous for their infectious hits ‘Girls From Mars’ and ‘Goldfinger’.


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Brentwood Brewing Company launch THE GOLDEN CROWN

Phoenix FM listener ANDREW BRUCE was the winner of our recent “Name The Jubilee Beer” competition we ran in conjunction with the Brentwood Brewing Company. The name of the new beer is GOLDEN CROWN.

Ed Wellman announced Andrew (above, left) as the winner in conjunction with the Brentwood Brewing Company’s Robert Gunn (right) and fellow Phoenix presenter Michelle Ward. You can hear the announcement and interview again below:

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It’s a good and busy time for the Brewery, with the announcement this week that they have won Beer of the Festival at Cambridge – the second largest outdoor festival in the country. Brentwood’s BBC2 has been voted an amazing beer at only 2.5% ABV. Stay tuned to Phoenix FM to hear more about their fantastic achievement.

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The Brentwood County High School World Challenge on Sunday Breakfast

Listen to Mr Rayner, Ben and Will chatting to Ed on the Phoenix FM Sunday Breakfast Show by clicking here:

This morning’s Sunday Breakfast Talking Point was with some of the members of the Brentwood County High School World Challenge 2012 team.
Leader Mr Rayner with Ben Heywood (year 11) and Will Monk (year 12) talked about this once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a month trecking and contributing to community activities on the other side of the world. It is certainly not a holiday, as they explained, the team of 17 will be camping, cooking for themselves and working hard for people in the world less fortunate than us.
The students have to raise approximately £4000 each to go; and this includes materials necessary to complete the community projects. As we spoke on air, other members of the team were ready at Billericay Waitrose for a day of bag packing and fundraising.
Mr Rayner thanked colleagues, students and parents for brilliant support for the project, one of many extra-curricular activities and projects run by the Expressive Arts faculty at BCHS.
Alongside their busy academic study schedule the World Challenge students will be looking for ways to raise the money they need, and they are offering to help you out with anything they can to achieve this. Do you know someone who needs a garden cleared, a wall painting, an office job doing, maybe?
If you do, and would like to contribute to the team’s funds, then please get in touch with Mr Andy Rayner at the school on 01277 238900, or you can email him at
Or let us know here at Phoenix FM –
Have a great week everyone, see you on Sunday Breakfast next week…

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Stuart Carr chats to Ed on Sunday Breakfast

Morning to one and all,
On the programme this morning I chatted to local singer songwriter Stuart Carr. His new single ‘It’s christmas time again’ will be out on Itunes in a few days time. Stuart explained to us the idea behind it, and gave us some of his plans for 2012 – including writing a song for the Olympics. Have a look at Stuart’s website to stay up to date:
To listen to Stuart chatting with Ed on Phoenix FM Sunday Breakfast, click here:

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Thorndon Stride 2011 for Cancer Research

Really doesn’t feel like a while year since the last one, but once again Phoenix 98FM were proud to support this big event.

Once again, many hundreds of you turned out to walk through the stunning scenery of Thorndon Country Park; event organiser Darren was on hand to tell us why this is such an important event and cause. The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Joan Holmes opened the event; you can hear both of them and the other highlights of this brilliant event by clicking below.

A big thank you to Malcolm of Malcolm Fish Photography for taking the pictures of the event. You can see the pictures at:

To listen again, please click here:

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Sunday Breakfast 20 November

Very foggy this morning again, and the same is predicted for tomorrow, keep it safe on the roads then.
News this morning of Colonel Gaddafi’s son’s plea to rebels, cuts in the NHS, Bee Gee Robin said to be unwell, Posh and Becks may be moving to Paris and a loose woman’s facelift (possibly).
Birthday bongs at 8.30 in honour of Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh (born this day 1981), and the Sunday Solo today was ‘Come back to Me’ from Janet Jackson.
Between 9 and 10 on Breakfast Text Request, the tunes were picked by James, Natasha, Drake and Alison.
In the International Religious news this week: unappealing fumes, Vatican closure, the times they are a-changing, and from convent to crown.
Have a good week one and all, and see you next time

Coming up on Sunday Breakfast:
Sunday 4th December: Stuart Carr with his new Christmas single “It’s Christmas Time Again”

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The Stondon Singers on Sunday Breakfast

‘There is an old belief’ was the subject of a good chat I had with David Schact from local chamber choir The Stondon Singers. We heard from David all about the history of the choir, the benefits of singing and how we can get involved.

To hear Ed chatting to David on Sunday breakfast, click below

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Sunday Breakfast – 25 September 2011

Lovely morning in Essex today, sun shining, and the promise of a week of summer, as I write this, we are 3 days in Autumn!
Bumpy start to the day for me, creepy drive into Brentwood from the A12 with magpies everywhere, huddled in groups, deep in discussion, then a minor incident involving a large latte and a sweatshirt (mine) from last season as I entered the Phoenix FM building. Did anyone see that?
Shock realisation during first link of the show that indeed we are 3 calendar months from Christmas – yikes.
Onwards through the next three hours talking about everything Essex, including TOWIE (tonight), the weather (yawn), and new text abbreviations. OMG is apparently now on the way out. Or at least so we thought.
Phoenix FM’s Patrick Sherring was on hand at 7.20 and 8.20 for our weekly Thought for the Day, live from Ingatestone Parish Church, reminding us why we SHOULD be saying OMG or Oh My God. If you missed it, click here to listen again:
Patrick also spoke about an evening in Ingatestone on Wednesday 5th October to which you are invited to a bring and share supper to meet the Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell. If you’d like to find out more about this, please go to and follow the link.
Ahead of a concert by the Tallis Scholars next weekend, Chelmsford Cathedral’s Director of Music, Dr Peter Nardone joined us this morning to introduce us to the beauty of Renaissance polyphony, why this choir are one of the leading chamber choirs in world, and how his own experience of singing with such groups enables him to inspire the next generation of singers and helps him direct the music in the mother church of one of the biggest dioceses in the country. The concert is at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 1st October at 7.30pm – it is not be to missed; tickets available from the Chelmsford Civic Theatre Box Office – 01245 606505. Learn more about the music in our Anglican Cathedral at
Click here to hear Peter chatting to Ed on Sunday Breakfast:
Have a good week, until the next best day of the week and best time of day, stay fine and dandy.

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Anisha Grange Community Day

Anisha Grange, the new Hallmark Care Home to open in Billericay on Tuesday 20th September, opened it’s doors today to welcome the community that it is to become a part of. Anisha Grange, built on the site of a former community centre offers a home to 70 people providing different levels of medical care. The team are on hand to look after mind and body alike, and they pride themselves on promoting independence, activity, fun and dignity.
Many people from the local area received a warm welcome today, and were guided around this new building that will be home for many local people in the years ahead.
Sunday Breakfast presenter Ed Wellman caught up for a quick chat with two busy people – Jo Coughlan (Home Manager) and Kieron Walsh (Regional Support Manager for Hallmark Care Homes).
To hear Ed chatting to Jo and Kieron, click the play button:[audio:]

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SUNday Breakfast 26th June

Get it? SUNday? Well, here’s hoping…the first breakfast show of this year in shorts and a t shirt. Long may it continue.

We did the Breakfast Bongs (for the inventor of Basketball – Abner Doubleday, born this day 1819) and the Sunday Solo was ‘I’ll find my way home’ by Jon and the Vangelis.

After nine, we heard from Michael Aves, Chairman of local chamber choir The Stondon Singers previewing the annual William Byrd Anniversary concert on Tuesday 5th July. Michael has also composed a piece that celebrates the 400th birthday of the King James Bible and this will be included in the concert.

Click here to listen to Michael chatting about The Stondon Singers:

David Minns, Chairman of Brentwood and District Talking Newspaper was in the studio too this morning ahead of their street collection on Saturday 2 July. Please support this local charity if you can who send out an hours worth of recorded news from the Brentwood Gazette and other sources every week to over 100 people who rely on it to keep informed about our local area.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, please call David on 01277 212379.

Click here to listen to David talking on Sunday Breakfast:

And so until the next best day of the week, and best time of day, take care, enjoy the sun, mind the hailstones, oh, and see you at 2pm this afternoon for Sunday Replay.


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Julia wins Open Mic night at local school, and sings live on Sunday Breakfast!

Local youngster Julia Pallace, a Year 7 student at Brentwood County High School took part in the school’s first Open Mic night competition. Musicians from ages 11 to 16 took part by singing and performing songs and music of varying styles. The standard was so high that Miss Tori Kingston, BCHS’s acting Head of Drama admitted to it being an almost impossible job to judge the evening to find the top 3 performances.

However, there had to be a winner, and in the number one position was Julia with her version of the song ” One and Only ” by Adele. Julia and her Mum, Sharon were this week’s guests on Sunday Breakfast, with a live performance of the winning song too. And as it was Father’s Day, Julia dedicated her singing to her dad, Dean, and brother Josh.

Tune into Phoenix FM Sunday Breakfast over the summer to hear more live music from the Brentwood County High School musicians. Watch the website to see who will be on when, and if you go at any of the schools in our broadcast area, why not ask your teachers if you can organise an Open Mic event with them, and then you too may get the chance to sing/play live on your local radio station.

Remember PHOENIX FM broadcasts live from the Baytree Centre in Brentwood for Brentwood, Billericay and all the surrounding areas on 98.0FM 7 days a week, and you can listen online too by clicking the high quality audio link at the top of our front page on

To hear Julia chatting and singing live on Sunday Breakfast, click the play button below:


On Sunday Breakfast this week, local news from the Brentwood Talking Newspaper and a preview of the William Byrd Anniversary concert at Stondon Massey Church on 5th July.

See you Sunday morning from 7am

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Sue Cook & FIT4Reading on Sunday Breakfast

We had a fascinating discussion today about Sue’s work and determination to help youngsters and their families embrace the challenge of overcoming spectrum disorders.

Sue introduced us to the real meaning of “states of being” we know as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and dyscalculia. She spoke from personal experiences and shared a wealth of information about possible symptoms, techniques to help overcome any issues, and introduced us to the role of vision and movement as the brain develops.

It was a real education to hear Sue in action this morning; she gave me one or two tests on air to check which side of my body I use more; with this Sue checked my tracking (I think!) and I did quite well and then again not so well..

Sue is in demand all over the world now to share her knowledge and experience, and you can find out lots lots more by checking out her website –

And, you are invited to attend a presentation on this very subject given by Sue at Alec Hunter School in Braintree at 5.30pm on May 23rd. More details on Sue’s website.

You can hear all of the 9 O’clock hour on Listen Again by clicking the play button here:

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Sue Cook and FIT4READING

On Sunday Breakfast this week, Ed will be chatting after 9 o’clock to Sue Cook, addressing the subject of Neuro developmental therapy and homeopathy.

Sue has developed her FIT4READING scheme for children diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and dyscalculia. All of them have improved a great deal and are living happier lives.

Join Ed for Sunday Breakfast from 7am and check out to learn more about Sue’s work, and…listen in to Ed and Sue at 9am tomorrow on Phoenix98FM

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Easter Sunday Breakfast

Happy Easter to one and all.
On the Easter morning show, we heard a seasonal message from Rev Patrick Sherring, Vicar of Ingatestone and Fryerning, who reminded us of the wonder of the very first Easter Morning, and how and why we still consider this to be the most important day in the Christian calendar.
To hear Patrick’s Easter message, click the play button:
We also paid tribute to ‘Only fools and horses’ scriptwriter John Sullivan who passed away over the Easter weekend. He wrote for many much-loved tv characters, adding unforgettable phrases to the English language. Remind yourself of them by clicking on our tribute to John Sullivan here:
In the classical hour after 9am, Andrew Smith dropped in to let us know all about the William Byrd Festival taking place in Stondon Massey in early May. Andrew introduced us to William Byrd, the composer and to the world that he was living and working in. Hear all about it by pressing play:
See you next Sunday morning at 7am, have a great (3 day) week, oh and also see you for Breakfast on Friday with Emma for the warm-up to the Royal Wedding from 8-11am. We’ll be keeping you up to date with the morning’s news and playing your own wedding songs. Please leave your requests here, or you can tweet them at @phoenixfm or @ewmusic

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Palm Sunday Reflection on Sunday Breakfast

This week on Sunday Breakfast, Reverend Patrick Sherring, Vicar of Ingatestone and Fryerning joined us in the Keep The Faith hour to help us reflect on where we are on the journey through Lent towards Easter, and how we can use Palm Sunday and Holy week as a time to think about our faith, family and friends.
Patrick will be with us again on Good Friday in Emma’s Breakfast Show and bright and early at 7.20 on Sunday Breakfast on Easter morning.
To hear Patrick’s Palm Sunday reflection, please click on the play button below.

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Phoenix FM Interview with The Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP

Today, Saturday 16 April, The Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP visited Brentwood to join Labour Councillor Mike Le-Surf out and about on the High Street to hear concerns from residents ahead of the forthcoming local elections on 5th May.
Following a brief walk from the High Street through Crown Street, Ms Harman spoke to Phoenix FM at our studios in the Baytree Centre.
Ed Wellman welcomed Harriet Harman, who is MP for Camberwell and Peckham, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, to Phoenix FM, and began by asking why she had chosen to visit Brentwood today. Other subjects addressed in the interview include the core message right now from the Labour Party, the result of the 2010 General Election and views of Brentwood people regarding local and national issues. We also spoke about comments reported in the media today by Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg, who, too are both out on the campaign trail in the North of England.

To hear The Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman talking with Ed, click the link below:

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Essex Jazz Funk Band – JazzFace with Les Simons

On Sunday Breakfast on 27th March we had a good chat with Les Simons all about new Essex Jazz Funk band ‘JazzFace’.
As you will hear there is some REAL talent in this ensemble, and their influences and individual performing careers really come together to produce a fresh sound.
Click below to hear Les chatting to Ed, and you’ll also hear a couple of tracks from JazzFace in there.

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The Brentwood Half Marathon & Fun Run

On Sunday 20th March over 3500 runners took part in the 2010 Equity Red Star Brentwood Half Marathon and Fun Run.

I was lucky to be able to mingle with the runners before both races, to hear why and how they were going to achieve this big Sunday morning challenge. The sun shone down on the crowds.

The organisers expect to raise over £45,000 for local national and international charities, which brings the overall amount now raised over the years to in excess of one million pounds.

We learned that following the run, 41 year old Andrew Corbett died suddenly and tragically. The thoughts of us all have been extended to his family since then. Andrew’s family and friends have set up JustGiving webpage to make donations to Little Havens Children’s Hospice at

Thanks to everyone who chatted to Phoenix FM that day, click the link below to hear the event in progress.

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